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Circular Economy in Cities - Online resource suite launched

March 04, 2019

Explore new suite of online resources - Circular Economy in Cities

Today, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches Circular Economy in Cities, a suite of online resources, which will act as a reference point for urban policymakers on the circular economy. Available via the Foundation’s website, the resources have been developed in partnership with ARUP, and with support from the MAVA Foundation.

Cities consume over 75% of natural resources, produce over 50% of global waste, and emit between 60-80% of greenhouse gases. The case for change is increasingly evident and the circular economy offers an opportunity to respond to these challenges by rethinking how we use materials, leading to wholly new ways of creating value.

As major engines of economic growth, cities will undoubtedly be a focal point in the transition to a circular economy, and can drive the agenda forward to unlock economic, environmental, and social benefits. The transition to a circular economy will support city leaders as they deliver against their priorities, including housing, mobility, and economic development. It also aligns with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including objectives on climate change.

Circular Economy in Cities resources focus on the opportunities in three key urban systems - buildings, mobility, and products - and looks at how city governments can enable a circular economy transition. Five modules aim to answer the critical questions on this topic:

  • Vision: What will the implementation of circular economy principles in cities look like?
  • Factsheets: What are the circular economy opportunities in key urban systems and what benefits can a circular economy transition bring?
  • Policy levers: What can urban policymakers do to accelerate this transition?
  • Case studies: What examples are there of urban policymakers already putting this into action?
  • Other networks & resources: What are other organisations doing on the topic of circular economy and cities?

The suite of resources will be formally unveiled as part of the Official Opening Event for Circular City Week in New York – an event hosted by ARUP, in collaboration with C40 and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, with support from the Center for Global Affairs at NYU School of Professional Studies. To find out more about the Circular economy in cities resource suite, sign up to join a public webinar held by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation team on Monday 25th March 2019 at 3pm GMT.